Commonwealth Transportation Board Clears Way for SU to Move Ahead on Millwood Ave. Changes

Posted: April 17, 2013

The Winchester Star

RICHMOND – The Commonweath Transportation Board voted Wednesday to allow requested access modifications along Jubal Early Drive, clearing the way for Shenandoah University to move ahead with its plans to reconfigure the traffic network in the Millwood Avenue-Jubal Early corridor and create a gateway entrance to the campus and the city.

By a 12-0 vote during its monthly meeting at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Central Auditorium, the board provided the final governmental approval necessary for the controversial Millwood project. It clears the way for Shenandoah University to take steps toward closing a 1,000-foot section of Millwood Avenue in front of its campus, making transportation network changes to mitigate the closure and landscaping its southern perimeter to create a gateway entrance.

F. Dixon Whitworth, who represents the Staunton District, recused himself from the discussion and vote “to avoid any appearance of impropriety” because he is a member of Shenandoah’s Board of Trustees.

The university has said it will pay the estimated $2 million for the roadway changes engineers have suggested in the area. They include creating a free-flowing right-turn lane on Jubal Early Drive at Apple Blossom Drive to direct traffic to Millwood and installing a traffic signal at a relocated Millwood-University Drive intersection.

The city-owned right of way for the section of Millwood to be closed would be transferred to SU. In turn, the university would buy the right of way for the new turn lane and convey that property to the city.